I once worked at an ad agency called The Miller Agency – owned and run by a moody man by the name of George Miller.
(Note: These are pretend names given to protect his not-so-innocent identity. But the following story is true.)
Miller had such crazy mood swings, we jokingly referred to our agency as The Miller and Miller and Miller and Miller Agency.
Miller drove everyone nutso.
Although the creative work we did was great – morale was low – and thereby exits out rampant.
“People take a job because of the company — but leave because of bad bosses.”
According to management researcher Chandra Louise, 80% of the employees who quit their jobs do so because of problems with their bosses.
If you have a bad boss, before you pack up and leave, consider these “Bad Boss Improvement Strategies.”
Fearlessly look at your behavior. Are you inspiring wrath or disrespect? If not, procede onward.
Get a journal and write a cathartic list of all the bad things your boss did/does — and how each misdeed impacted your performance –and others.
Pick the top three misdeeds and develop positive, helpful solutions. Edit out sarcasm.
Begin your talk by acknowledging how you’re sure your boss is completely unaware of his/her actions — and how you hope this meeting will be positive for all involved. Give your boss a typed-up copy of your “P/S List.” Your boss will pay more attention knowing your talk is on documented official record.
Make sure the “improvement goals” to be set include a measurable way to gauge change.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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